Depression

A Battle Towards Depression

“It was all in your mind,” a common phrase that most people around me say whenever I talk about my depression. It is a phrase that somehow invalidates what I am going through, particularly in this battle with depression.

“You’ll get over it” is the same as the previous statement. It attempts to shift my depressed mind into thinking that I am capable and mentally strong, not depressed. It may not sound very comforting, but it gives my depressed self that tiny piece of assurance.

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Often, it gets into me, and I tend to believe it.

However, I see it as something people would tell me to eliminate the unwanted sadness I bring in.

Unfortunately, that will not change a little about my persistent depressive disorder.

“I know what you’re going through” is one of the phrases I often hear from people who know more about my major depression symptoms. Sure, people know that depression is making me lose control. But who doesn’t? Depression, depressive disorders and anxiety disorders manifest physical symptoms that sometimes result in severe medical conditions.

The statement makes me feel like there is no room for me to express my deepest thoughts and feeling because they already know what I am going through.

But do they understand? How about the times when I think about suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts, constant feelings of sadness at least two weeks in a row, and the use of too many antidepressant medications?

I don’t think people can really relate at all.

“Get over it.”

This phrase invalidates my condition. It depresses me to think I am not worthy of anyone’s time, attention, and effort. It makes me numb and unable to concentrate. It makes me feel more depressed and anxious. It makes me think that seeking help is not an option. It makes my problem worse.

These are quite a few depressive things that I often hear from people who do not understand what I am mentally and emotionally dealing with due to the symptoms of depression. They only know about depression but do not understand how major depressive episode damages a person’s life. Depression is not called major depressive disorder if it’s not that serious.

Fortunately, since I knew I was not okay, I insisted on finding the best solutions for my condition.

 

the hardest parts of the journey to recovery is letting go of people you used to be with.

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Alleviating Depression

I Let Go Of Toxic People

May It Be Friends And/Or Family

One of the hardest parts of my journey to recovery from severe depression is letting go of people I used to be with. It was a decision I thought I could never make sense of. I have this fear of being alone. I was allowed to be surrounded by individuals because I thought that was the most important thing to do during persistent depressive disorder recovery.

However, the more I engage with different people and their opinions on my problem, the more I feel suffocated. So when everyone around me became too demanding, insensitive, uncaring, and inconsiderate, I shut them off. I initially felt bad because some of them are close friends and family.

But ever since I surrounded myself with fewer people, it all made sense. Most of the symptoms of depression, especially the severe ones, were reduced.

It became clear that choosing the right people who will stick with me during this exhausting major depressive disorder recovery process is more empowering than keeping the toxic ones near.

I realized that my mental health is due to the people I surround myself with.

I Expressed My Emotions

Even If Others Do Not Entirely Care About It

Another thing I realized during the worse stages of my clinical depression is that keeping your mouth shut will only make you feel even more alone. So regardless of others not wanting to hear me or not being interested in what I am going through, I still decided to let them know about my perinatal depression.

It is not because I wanted them to sympathize with me on this persistent depressive disorder or anything, but because I want to remove the weight in my chest despite the consequences of people not minding.

I realized that expressing my thoughts and feelings about my condition has nothing to do with other people’s reactions. It is about how I should not endure the emotional pain that ties me to a struggling mental health state.

At some point, I got a little scared that the method will bring me more uncertain emotions. But to my surprise, it became a way for me to focus on myself and not give a damn about what people would think and say. about my many mental disorders.

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Seeking For Professional Help Despite My Fears

I Know That’s What I Have To Do

At first, I don’t entirely believe that counseling and therapy would bring me the solutions I needed for my mental disorders. But despite the hesitations, I went through the process.

The counseling and therapy sessions are not that perfect, but the key points of symptoms of depression recovery are there. That is where I realized that there are so many things that I can do to manage my mental health condition.

Some concerned friends and family suggest that I consider talk therapy, electroconvulsive therapy, and other brain stimulation therapies. That way, I can understand the basics about emotional and physical problems that impact my mood swings or increase the risk factors of my depressed mood.

Final Thoughts And Takeaway

Overcoming Depression

I realized that I do not have a bipolar disorder and I am more capable of handling myself. I was surprised that I am almost near my mood disorder recovery after considering some lifestyle adjustments. I became more empowered and self-aware.

Seeking professional help helps me get through the times I can’t control the severe symptoms
of my mood disorders, which I am truly grateful for. My sole focus in treating depression and get rid of other medical illnesses that goes along with it.

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Depression

Most of us don’t see people express their emotions and thoughts due to fear of judgment, criticism, and rejection.

Depression is one of the most terrible conditions you can expert, but it doesn't spell the end for you

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Melancholic Symptoms Affect Our Lives

At times, it is not easy to spot a major depressive disorder.
Too many factors can contribute to depression, and some symptoms confuse severe depression with other mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder. Depression is a condition that most of us fail to understand, despite sometimes experiencing it firsthand. The difficulty of that particular scenario lies in the stigma that asking for help is for the weak.

Depression is called a major depressive disorder because it is not easy to maintain an overall balance, especially when dealing with a severe form. Depression affects our mental health, sometimes leading to suicide attempts, anxiety disorders, psychosis symptoms, and even physical health problems.

Depressing, though we know how depression functions and affects our lives, most of us still ignore it. Perhaps that is because we are used to hiding sorrow and pain. After all, we believe that what we are going through is not somebody else’s problem. That mentality often leads to a complicated situation leaving us in a devastating silent mental health battle.

However, depression is not like that. Persistent depressive disorder impacts disability worldwide. Depression promotes difficulty concentrating, substance use disorders, loss of interest, emotional and physical problems, antidepressant medication abuse, and other depressive symptoms. Depressioncan even cause heart disease, suicidal thoughts, and other health risk factors.

Professional Help

With all the terrible complications that depression can bring into our lives, one thing is certain. That is never to give up trying to get better. Many things can help us get rid of mental health problems. It is only a matter of self-awareness and proper understanding.

To begin with, we should acknowledge the damaging other symptoms of depression, work our best to focus on coping strategies, and seek professional help if needed.

There Is Always An Incessant Need To Address Your Depression Immediately

The answer is simple. We need to address depression because it ruins our lives. Depression makes us feel incapable of so many things. Depression affects everything we do at school, work, and home. Depression ruins our focus and ability to complete tasks.

Depression makes us irritable, exhausted, and excessively sad over nothing. Depression influences us to commit destructive behaviors. Some of these are smoking, drinking alcohol, staying up late, not getting enough exercise, etc. Depression also makes us lose concentration and suffer from declined performance.

Destroys Our Ability To Communicate

Also, the signs and symptoms of depression destroy our ability to communicate and engage with people. That supports the habit of constantly isolating. It makes us feel unloved and unaccepted that we often push people away.

Persistent depressive disorder makes us completely unaware of our social actions, making us contribute only to small talk and vague answers to questions. Sometimes, we intentionally hurt people verbally. Major depression often makes us doubt others’ intentions, even if sometimes we know if those are for the best. It influences our minds to focus on other people’s mistakes and disregard their efforts.

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Causes Us To Behave Negatively Towards Ourselves

Clinical depression causes us to behave negatively towards ourselves. It builds insecurities that often stick for too long. It leaves us with an unrealistic low self-image that takes a toll on our self-confidence.

Depression makes us pity ourselves until we no longer want to become better people.

It changes our brain chemistry and makes us feel weak and emotionally vulnerable. The condition contributes a lot to our anxiety and stress and holds on to our fears and doubts.

In some unfortunate cases, depressive disorders often make us lie about everything, including our feelings. We often hide the pain through fake smiles and laughter. It is so intense that we sometimes end up harming ourselves emotionally and physically. At some rate, persistent depressive disorder leads us to doom as some of us commit suicide.

Never Get Tired Of Healing And Recovery

It is truly powerful that it can make us change a lot in handling ourselves and others. With this, we should realize that terrible condition is manageable as long as we know how to take care of ourselves. We must understand the importance of accepting the situation. That way, we can process things and easily make room for coping defensive strategies and lifestyle changes.

We should take advantage of the medical treatments that our trained health care providers give us. We have to rely on proper diagnosis to reduce severe physical symptoms of unwanted health issues.

Coping Skills For Better Management

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Practicing Coping Skills One At A Time

We must focus on motivating ourselves to improve until we are halfway done. We must maintain the desire always to get better no matter what. Coping skills are necessary to reduce symptoms of a depressive episode.

Having A Sense Of Accomplishments

One way to deal with mental health problems is by focusing on something we can control. We need a realistic goal to measure our capability, especially when we can only rely on ourselves for healing. Our depressed mood does not define us. So we have to stick with an effective treatment.

Developing Self-Appreciation

We may not easily turn off our self-judgment, but we can always put higher regard towards our self-compassion and self-worth. Thus, we need to deal with a thorough process of better self-awareness and self-understanding to get rid of symptoms of depression.

Removing Toxicity At All Cost

Sometimes, our overall mental disorders or mood disorder
lies with the toxicity we surround ourselves with. If we want to get better and heal mentally and emotionally, we need to eliminate sad things, whether it involves our dream job, family, friends, or special someone.

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